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Take a tropical getaway that goes beyond the average beach vacation. On this introduction to Guatemala's cultural and natural highlights, visit the lakeside communities of Lake Atitlán, walk the well-preserved Spanish Baroque neighborhoods of Antigua, and take a cooking class on the picturesque shores of Lake Petén Itzá. Add in some trekking, zip lining, or fishing, and you have an unforgettable Central American adventure.
Venture into the jungle on a
guided tour of the Mayan city of
Cruise Lake Atitlán, and visit the
lakeside village of San Juan la
Laguna for a Mayan lunch and a
Join a local chef to prepare
traditional Guatemalan dishes on
the shores of Lake Petén Itzá.
Learn to make chocolate the
Mayan way at the ChocoMuseo,
and then sample your tasty
Itinerary - 8 Days
Day 1 — Guatemala City/Antigua
Arrive in Guatemala City and transfer to our hotel in Antigua.
Day 2 — Antigua
Explore Antigua with a local historian on a guided cultural walking tour that includes City Hall, the Catedral de Santiago, the Convent of Capuchins, the Palace of the Captains General, and the museums at Paseo de los Museos. Opt to go on a volcano trek, or take an excursion to a coffee farm or macadamia nut plantation. (1B)
Days 3 & 4 — Lake Atitlán
Travel by van and boat to the secluded village of Jaibalito on Lake Atitlán. Visit lakeside communities by boat, including San Juan la Laguna, a G Adventures–supported village. Take an orientation walk, visit various weaving co-ops and colorful markets, have a traditional Mayan lunch, and attend a Mayan tree-planting ceremony. Then, with free time, opt for outdoor pursuits like zip lining, fishing, windsurfing, hiking, bird-watching, and kayaking. (2B, 1L)
Day 5 — Antigua
Return to Antigua and participate
in a hands-on workshop at a chocolate museum, learning about the ancient Mayan
chocolate-making process from bean to bar and
enjoying plenty of tastings. (1B)
Days 6 & 7 — Flores/Tikal
Fly to the colorful town of Flores in the Petén region of Guatemala. Enjoy a cooking lesson, and have lunch with a local chef on the shores of Lake Petén Itzá. Spend your last full day in Guatemala on a guided tour of the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site. (2B, 1L)
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $549
Arrival transfer, internal
flights, transport between destinations and to/
from included activities, and activities as listed in
the itinerary. The optional excursions in Antigua
and Lake Atitlán are at an additional cost.
Accommodations Comfortable, mid-range
hotels that reflect the local character (7 nights)
Meals Included 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches. Allow
an additional $270–355 for meals not included.
Transportation Private van, boat, plane
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.